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2013-01-07 16:19:01

Versatile and responsive to management, corn is grown throughout the world for everything from food to animal feed to fuel. A new use for corn could soon join that list, as researchers in China investigate the crop's ability to induce "suicidal germination" in a devastating parasitic weed. Known commonly as sunflower broomrape, the weed causes extensive damage to vegetable and row crops in Asia, Africa, and southern Eastern Europe. Lacking chlorophyll, it is a parasite and completely...

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2008-05-01 01:40:00

A botanist from the Missouri Botanical Garden recently spotted a rare parasitic plant that hasn't been seen in more than 20 years.St. Louis botanist George Yatskievych stumbled upon the plant in a pine oak forest in the mountains. The plant has a pine cone-shaped dense cluster of flowers and juicy celery-like stalks.It's "weird and wonderful," says Yatskievych."I've always been interested in plants that don't conform to our preconceived notion of what a plant should be," he said. "Beauty is...


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2005-06-23 10:19:58

Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor) is a flowering plant of the genus Rhinanthus in the family Scrophulariaceae. This is a semi-parasitic plant that gains some of its nutrients from the roots of neighboring plants. The name refers to the seedpods, which contain loose, rattling seeds when ripe.

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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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